Mike Wood and Bella

MP’s Name: Mike Wood Dan Horrocks

Constituency: Dudley South

Dog’s Name: Bella

Breed: Shih-Tzu

Sex: Female

Age: 3.5

Colour: Black and White


What are your favourite characteristics in your dog?

She has an amazing temperament and has helped nurse my member of staff back to full health.

She also has some special teeth which help her chomp her way through sausages (and save me a few calories!)


How does your dog enhance your day to day life?

She is the best company and a great comfort.


What dog welfare issues do you think need tackling?

Puppy faming! Bella is a dog that has been rehoused from a broken home. She had been collateral in two divorces and had matted fur, ear infections and a cyst in her eye. She was shy and very depressed, not leaving my shoe cupboard. Now she loves making friends!


How do you ensure you are a responsible dog owner?

Bella always has access to water, even if we go out. We travel with a collapsible water bowl and when it’s hot she has a bandana that we can wet and when it’s cold she’s got about three coats of varying warmth.


Why should your dog be crowned Westminster Dog of the Year 2018?

Bella is an assistance dog and my member of staff’s emotional support animal. He got her whilst undergoing radiotherapy for cancer for a second time and she has provided undying love and affection since.

She comes in to Parliament every working day as is probably more well-known than most MPs, despite having worked here for years!


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